M. Hooker Environmental Sciences Magnet School|
Construction Manager at Risk & General
PDS Engineering & Construction, Inc.
107 Old Windsor Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002
Architect, Civil & Transportation Engineer,
355 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT 06450
Location: Hartford, Connecticut
Date Bid: Feb 2009 Construction Period: Mar 2009 to Aug
Total Square Feet: 100,000 Site: 1.5 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 20 classrooms, seating 400 including
gym and auditorium.
Building Size: Basement, 20,000; first floor, 60,000; second
floor, 20,000; 70,000 renovation; 30,000 new addition; total,
100,000 square feet.
Building Height: Approximately 12 ‘ floor to floor, total, 26’.
Basic Construction Type: Addition/Renovation.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced
concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick. Roof:
Metal, membrane. Floors: Concrete, wood. Interior Walls:
CMU, metal stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Santo Domingo Engineering, LLC - 2074 Park
Street, #1000, Hartford, CT 06106
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: BVH Integrated Services - 50
Griffin Road South, Bloomfield, CT 06002
The Mary M. Hooker Environmental Sciences Magnet School is located on 15
beautiful acres near downtown Hartford and is certified LEED® Platinum
by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The school is one
of only 11 in the country and the first public school in New England to
achieve this highest level of LEED certification.
The project included a complete redesign and renovation of the building
with a 30,000-square-foot addition to adhere to the school's new theme
of Environmental Sciences. Expanded parking, a new cafeteria and a
convenient drop-off area for school buses, a new butterfly vivarium; a
30-seat interactive film theater; a laboratory with 50 freshwater and
salt water aquariums for fish breeding; a weather station; and a
glass-shrouded lobby with a fish pond and a greenhouse, where students
can grow their own lunch vegetables encompassed the program.
Selected as the Construction Manager at Risk, PDS worked with Hartford
Public Schools from pre-construction in Spring 2008 to the closeout in
Winter 2011 on the school. PDS Engineering & Construction, Inc.
established in 1965 in Bloomfield, Conn. is a full service construction
company specializing in Design Build, Construction Management, and
General Contracting for the commercial, industrial and educational
markets. BL Companies of Hartford served as the architect, civil
engineer, landscape architect, transportation engineer, and land
Mary M. Hooker Environmental Sciences Magnet School incorporates
state-of-the-art mechanical systems in the renovated building and new
addition. Plus the students can view the boiler room, cogeneration plant
and main electrical rooms through windows to learn about the systems
that run their school. The school's systems include a fully integrated
digital energy management system with extensive levels of control and
monitoring. With the new systems the school has seen a reduction of 40%
in the annual energy total cost, including cogeneration-related energy
cost savings of 16%.
Recycling is one of the focuses of the school, and it began in the
construction process. A total of 98% of all construction waste was
recycled. The project included 20% recycled content and 20% of the
content were regional materials. 85% of all new wood products used FSC
certified wood, and 95% of the existing buildings, walls, floors and
roof were reused in the renovation. The renovated kitchen uses two
composters to process biodegradable waste.
"The Hartford Public Schools takes great pride in receiving LEED
Platinum certification on our newest school construction, particularly a
school focused on environmental sciences," said Superintendent Christina
M. Kishimoto. "What an incredible lesson and source of pride for our
students and families as we continue to work together with our partners
to deliver on a school system of distinction!"
PDS, well known for their teamwork approach and community support,
restored the 12-acre outdoor classroom as a donation. PDS Engineering &
Construction is effective in time and cost management, safety and risk
management, decision-making capabilities, problem solving, leadership,
professionalism, and cooperation with the Owner. And since completion of
the Mary M. Hooker PDS has been chosen as the first Construction Manager
in the program selected for the next round of Hartford school projects -
The Global Communications Academy, an International Baccalaureate
PDS Project Accomplishments at the Mary M. Hooker School
Recycled Construction Waste Materials
MWBE Participation - Minority Labor Force
Goal: 20% Achieved: 33% Goal: 15%
Hartford Resident Labor Force
Goal: No Lost Time Accidents
Achieved: More Than 150,000 Safe Work Hours
Only 69% of Total Contingency Used
($410,718 Savings to the Owner)
Only 4% of Contract Amount
Restored the Outdoor Classroom & 12-acre Nature Trail
Recommendation Letter from Principal
LEED® Points Achieved 58
Energy & Atmosphere
Materials & Resources
Indoor Environments Quality 15
Innovation & Design Process 6
Membrane: Versico, a div. of Carlisle Syntec
Metal Roofing: WP Hickman EIFS: STO
Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: EFCO a Pella Company
Epoxy Flooring: Dur-A-Chip 1/8-inch floor with Glaze #5 from Dur-A-Flex